CDR Michael T. Mazurek Clinician Scholar Award

Established in 2011, the Award will be presented annually to a SOMOS member who has demonstrated the potential and desire to become an orthopaedic clinician scholar. This award will recognize the individual who best exemplifies CDR Mazurek's commitment to excellence in military orthopaedic education and research.

An outstanding orthopaedic educator and clinician scholar, CDR Mazurek was twice awarded the David J. Czertak Memorial Teaching Award, was the recipient of several large research grants and authored many articles, ranging from basic to clinical science. Also a decorated combat surgeon, CDR Mazurek deployed with the Marines to Fallujah, Iraq in 2004, and was recognized for his selfless actions that often occurred under fire. His distinguished service at the Naval Medical Center, San Diego, culminated in his selection as Orthopaedic Residency Program Director. In his short time with us, Commander Mazurek embodied the mission of SOMOS and improved warrior care through research and education. This award is named in his honor.

 Eligibility Criteria:

SOMOS active and resident members in their PGY2 - PGY5 residency years, in fellowships, and Junior Faculty within five years of completion of training, who demonstrate the potential and intent to become an orthopaedic clinician scholar.

Award Description:

The award covers travel and expenses to participate in the 1.5 day AAOS/OREF/ORS Clinician Scholar Development Program (CSDP), or similar program as designated by the SOMOS Board of Directors, as well as travel and expenses to attend the SOMOS annual meeting held the year of the program. The awardee is expected to make a ten minute presentation about CSDP at the CDR Michael Mazurek Award Ceremony describing how they benefited from the training, current educational and research projects, and how they will utilize the training in their future endeavors.

Instructions for Applicants:

Submit a one-page essay explaining interest in CSDP, how the program will further individual and society goals, and why the individual is deserving of the CDR Michael Mazurek award. Also include a curriculum vitae and a sponsor letter from the applicant’s Program Director or Chairman that indicates support for attendance at the meetings. Application will be accepted through March 13, 2020.


Past Winners of the Award

2019 MAJ David J. Tennent, MD 

2018 CPT John Christopher Dunn, MD

2017 LCDR Scott Wagner, MD

2016 MAJ Chad A. Krueger, MD

2015 MAJ Jeanne C. Patzkowski, MD

2014 LCDR Scott Tintle, MD 

2013 MAJ Jonathan F. Dickens, MD

2012 MAJ Travis C. Burns, MD

2011  MAJ Josef Eichinger, MD

2012 winner, MAJ Travis C. Burns, MD had this to say about the award. "CDR Mazurek was a respected clinician, researcher and leader and I was honored to receive an award for these attributes.  The award allows the recipient to travel to the AAOS/OREF/ORS Clinician Development Scholar Program which is a 2 day course focused on educating future generations of clinician scientists.  The course faculty are accomplished clinician scientists, MDs and PHDs that lecture on keys to success in academic medicine.  Grant writing, allocating research time, team building, and establishing relationships are a few of the important topics addressed during the course.

Since receiving the Mazurek Award, I now serve as the Assistant Program Director for Research at SAMMC, Ft Sam Houston, Texas.  I am the PI on 3 enrolling prospective trials and 2 industry funded prospective trials.  We have numerous retrospective and biomechanical projects in production.  I was honored to be selected as the Extremity War Injury IX Scientific Program Director and recently to the AOSSM traveling fellowship.  These educational opportunities have been afforded through relationships made participating in research symposiums and from tools acquired during the CDSP.  It is a valuable opportunity to early career clinicians interested in research."